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    How Aspiring GCs Can Be Sure Their Comp Packages Are Fair

    The beginning of proxy season is upon us, which means we can get insight into compensation packages for public companies' legal chiefs. But how can lawyers, especially those stepping into their first general counsel role, be sure their own compensation is fair and reasonable?

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    Troutman Pepper Launches Team To Address Cyberattacks

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP is addressing the threat to businesses from cyberattacks and data breaches with a new incidents and investigations team led by firm veterans on both sides of the country with deep expertise in data security and privacy issues.

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    Miles & Stockbridge Reelects Chairman To Third Term

    Miles & Stockbridge PC on Tuesday announced the reelection of Chairman Nancy W. Greene to her third term leading the firm.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    The expansion of law firm footprints in North Carolina and Florida, a couple of homecomings in Minnesota and Sarasota, Florida, and the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation in Houston were among some of the biggest real estate moves for law firms in February.

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    Senate Confirms First Woman To Be Top IRS Attorney

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed a former director at EY who previously served as associate chief counsel, international, at the Internal Revenue Service to be the agency's chief counsel, making her the first woman to be confirmed for the role.

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    Inside BigLaw's 'Tremendous' Hunger For Restructuring Attys

    Even as the economy appears poised to pick up steam in 2024, BigLaw firms are still aggressively adding restructuring capabilities, with a number of recent lateral hires reflecting the glut of work still to be found in the practice area.

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    Judiciary Panel Sends 5 Red State Judges To Full Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance six district court judicial nominees on Thursday, including five from red states.

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    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

  • 'You Gave Away Your Case': Crypto Win Wilts At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday leaned toward letting a technical tug-of-war continue in litigation accusing the cryptocurrency platform Coinbase Inc. of running a sketchy sweepstakes, as multiple justices suggested the Ninth Circuit overlooked key issues when it sided with aggrieved consumers.

  • Justices Lean On Both Sides In ATF Bump Stock Rule Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether bump stocks can be considered machine guns under an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule banning the devices, knocking holes in opposing interpretations of the National Firearms Act's definition of a machine gun.

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    Spencer Fane Hires Trio Of Ex-McKool Smith IP Pros In DC

    Spencer Fane LLP has hired three McKool Smith intellectual property attorneys who specialize in high-stakes patent and trade secrets disputes, including a first-chair trial lawyer who focuses on bet-the-company litigation, to join the firm as partners, Spencer Fane announced Wednesday.

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    Supreme Court Will Decide Trump's Criminal Immunity Claim

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday it will review former President Donald Trump's claim that he is immune from federal charges related to interfering in the 2020 presidential election, setting oral arguments in the case for late April. 

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

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    Google Attys' 'Fake Privilege' Comments Cited In Search Suit

    The U.S. Justice Department and states accusing Google of monopolizing the online-search market have asked a D.C. federal judge to consider internal chats disclosed in Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit that revealed Google's lawyers discussing "fake privilege" — a practice of unnecessarily involving a lawyer to make an exchange confidential.

  • Ex-DOJ Official Can't Block Witnesses In DC Ethics Case

    Onetime U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark cannot rely on a slew of privilege arguments to block his former colleagues from testifying in the disciplinary proceeding over his alleged role in promoting former President Donald Trump's bogus stolen election claims, a District of Columbia ethics panel ruled.

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    Seyfarth Taps Ex-Fenwick DEI Leader For C-Suite Role

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced it has appointed a former Fenwick & West LLP diversity leader who currently instructs on corporate culture at New York University to serve as the firm's chief inclusion and diversity officer.

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    Husch Blackwell Launches AI Practice Group

    Husch Blackwell has launched a cross-practice artificial intelligence group focused on advising clients on regulatory and legal matters related to the burgeoning technology.

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    WilmerHale Adds Ex-Medtronic Legal Leader To Its DC Office

    WilmerHale has hired for its Washington, D.C., office an attorney who helped build the global trade legal department at healthcare technology company Medtronic.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Justices Allow Idaho Execution, But State 'Unable To Proceed'

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for Idaho to execute a man for the murder of a fellow inmate, refusing to review his claim that Idaho's continued execution of prisoners whose death sentences were issued by judges and not juries violates the Eighth Amendment.

  • New Lead Confirmed For Watchdog Office For Fed. Employees

    The U.S. Senate voted 49-47 on Tuesday night to confirm Hampton Dellinger, a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner, to lead the federal watchdog agency charged with protecting federal employees' interests.

  • Supreme Court Doubts Forfeiture Deadline Is Mandatory

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday poked holes in a New York man's claim that courts are barred from issuing forfeiture orders at sentencing in criminal cases unless the prosecution previously submitted a draft request, noting the rule has "a lot of wiggle room," and noncompliance can be easily corrected.

  • Ex-CFPB Senior Counsel Joins White & Case

    White & Case LLP announced Tuesday that a former counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined the firm's white collar team as a partner in Washington, D.C.

  • 7th Circ. Chief Defends Discrimination Rules In GOP Letter Reply

    The Seventh Circuit's chief judge has told two Republican senators that the circuit is "committed to ensuring an environment free of discrimination," after the senators wrote to her arguing that at least three Illinois federal judges issued unethical and illegal standing orders to promote participation by newer, female and minority attorneys.

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    Law Firm Leasing Activity Reaches Pre-Pandemic Level

    Major firm relocations in late 2023, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's December deal for a 20-year lease in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper, helped fuel the hottest legal office space market since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert Analysis

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

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